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Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 19/09/2007

Krzysztof Penderecki on the Poland's avant-garde in music

Poland's international festival of contemporary music "Warsaw Autumn" is taking place for the 50th time this year. Composer Krzysztof Penderecki talked in an interview with Jacek Marczyński about what's changed since the founding of the festival: "The times of the avant-garde and in particular the times of protest against socialist aesthetics came to an end long ago. Today you can write anything. There are no political bans, nor is there anyone against whom one could protest as we protested against the neo-classical music of our older colleagues. Those were festivals full of heated protest... Today the avant-garde has grey beards and any kind of composing is acceptable... But the euphoria of those days is also lacking."

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